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Mapping advantages and disadvantages: Diversity in the legal profession in England and Wales

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Daniel Muzio



Although the legal profession has become more broadly representative of the population over the last twenty years, with more women and minority ethnic groups entering it, the profession remains heavily stratified by class, gender and ethnicity. Large city law firms undertaking the highest paying legal work are dominated by white men, who are likely to have attended feepaying schools and have a family background of attending university. Women are less likely to work in senior roles in large city law firms and other high-income areas of the profession and minority ethnic women face a double disadvantage. On a more positive note, there is evidence that the public facing area of the profession, solicitors who undertake private client work, have become more diverse in terms of gender and ethnicity. In the case of ethnicity, there has been an acceleration of new admissions by BAME solicitors over the last ten years and, in particular, those of Asian background.

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Author(s): Aulack S, Charlwood A, Muzio D, Tomlinson J, Valizade D

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

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Year: 2017

Pages: 1-67

Print publication date: 30/10/2017

Online publication date: 30/10/2017

Acceptance date: 30/10/2017

Institution: Solicitors Regulation Authority

Place Published: Birmingham